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Melvin expects Counsell & Co. to hit open market

Thursday is the final day for teams to negotiate exclusively with their own free agents, but Brewers general manager Doug Melvin is not anticipating striking any deals before the market opens in earnest.

“No,” he said Wednesday. “I don’t think they want to sign, personally. They want to wait until Friday and hope someone picks up the phone and makes them an offer they never thought they would get.”

Beginning Friday at 12:01 a.m. ET, free agents are free to field those calls from all 30 teams. Before then, during a 15-day window that follows the World Series, other teams can only express general interest but are technically barred from making any offers.

The Brewers have nine outgoing free agents: Outfielders Mike Cameron, Frank Catalanotto and Corey Patterson, infielders Craig Counsell and Felipe Lopez, catcher Jason Kendall and pitchers Braden Looper, Claudio Vargas and David Weathers. Looper and Weathers hit the market after the Brewers declined their options.

Melvin wouldn’t say which of those players he would like to bring back to avoid giving other teams an idea of the Brewers’ thinking. He did say this month that the Carlos Gomez acquisition likely closed the door on Cameron, that the Brewers might not be able to afford Kendall unless he takes a serious pay cut and that the team remains committed to Rickie Weeks at second base, making a Lopez return very unlikely.

Counsell seems the most likely incumbent on the Brewers’ radar but a report this week said that as many as 12 teams had expressed interest. That’s not surprising at all given Counsell’s defensive versatility and his outstanding 2009 season at the plate, and it’s not out of the realm of possibility that he could field multi-year offers.


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Catanalotto out for Rox series

Outfielder Frank Catalanotto will be away from the Brewers for at least this three-game series in Colorado because of a death in the family, but the Brewers are still well-covered in the outfield with Jason Bourgeois, Jody Gerut and Corey Patterson available off the bench. Corey Hart would have started in right field tonight, anyway, because he’s 6-for-14 (.429) against Rockies starter Jason Marquis.

The Rockies are 1-5 in Marquis’ last six starts. The lineup for Tuesday’s series opener:

Felipe Lopez  2B
Corey Hart  RF
Ryan Braun  LF
Prince Fielder  1B
Casey McGehee  3B
Mike Cameron  CF
J.J. Hardy  SS
Jason Kendall  C
Chris Narveson  LHP

Parra returns to face Cardinals

Manny Parra is back, and Brewers coaches are trying to make his start against the Cardinals as normal as possible to avoid putting too much pressure on the left-hander. That said, it’s a big start for Parra as he tries to reclaim his spot in Milwaukee’s starting rotation.

Corey Hart is out of the lineup for a second straight day after fouling a pitch off his left foot in Tuesday’s series opener against the Cardinals, but x-rays were negative and he said he should be back in against the Dodgers on Friday night.

So Frank Catalanotto starts in place of Hart, and catcher Mike Rivera, who had not played a single inning since June 27, gets a rare chance to play. Bill Hall is not on-site today because he traveled home to Mississippi for a family funeral.

Brendan Ryan  SS
Colby Rasmus  CF
Albert Pujols  1B
Ryan Ludwick  RF
Nick Stavinoha  LF
Yadier Molina  C
Jarrett Hoffpauir  2B
Joel Pineiro  RHP
Brian Barden  3B

Craig Counsell  2B
J.J. Hardy  SS
Ryan Braun  LF
Prince Fielder  1B
Casey McGehee  3B
Mike Cameron  CF
Frank Catalanotto  RF
Mike Rivera  C
Manny Parra  LHP

"Cat" gets a start against Verlander

For those who missed it on Twitter, here’s Milwaukee’s lineup against the Tigers today:

Craig Counsell  2B
Casey McGehee  DH
Ryan Braun  LF
Prince Fielder  1B
Frank Catalanotto  RF
Mike Cameron  CF
Mat Gamel  3B
J.J. Hardy  SS
Jason Kendall  C

RHP Yovani Gallardo

Macha said he started Catalanotto in an ongoing effort to keep his bench players sharp, and managers tend to make those kinds of moves on the road. But it’s a somewhat odd day to do it, since Catalanotto enters the day 1-for-10 with two strikeouts against Tigers starter Justin Verlander. The lone hit was a home run.

The Brewers are 0-3 in Catalanotto’s previous starts.

Macha didn’t mention any injury issues for Hart, who’s 10-game hitting streak is the longest by a Brewer this season.

Catalanotto called up

The Brewers purchased veteran outfielder Frank Catalanotto’s contract from Double-A Huntsville on Monday morning and will have him in uniform for their Memorial Day series opener against the Cardinals.

To make room, left-hander R.J. Swindle was optioned back to Nashville for the second time this season. Swindle had been promoted to help handle the Twins’ stable of left-handed hitters during the Brewers’ Interleague Series in Minnesota.

Catalanotto, signed to a Minor League deal earlier this month, went 3-for-12 with a pair of doubles in three games at Huntsville. He is a left-handed hitter.

Brewers ink Catalanotto to Minors deal

The Brewers signed utility man Frank Catalanotto to a Minor League contract on Tuesday, adding a versatile veteran — and another left-handed bat — for organizational depth. It’s a move that probably doesn’t bode well for Brad Nelson.

Catalanotto will report to the team’s year-round baseball facility in Phoenix for 5-7 days of workouts before he’s assigned to a Minor League affiliate, a Brewers spokesman said. It’s possible that he could eventually replace Nelson on the Brewers’ bench if Nelson doesn’t hit a hot streak.

Entering this week’s series against the Marlins, Nelson, who made his first Opening Day roster by hitting .354 in Spring Training, is 0-for-20 in 18 games. He reached base for the second time this season on Saturday when he drew his second walk.

Catalanotto is a .292 hitter in 12 seasons with three American League teams while playing both corner outfield positions, plus first, second and third base. He spent the last two years with Texas, but was released at the end of Spring Training when the Rangers opted to add Andruw Jones to the roster. Texas swallowed Catalanotto’s $6 million salary for this season, so the Brewers would only owe him a prorated portion of the Major League minimum salary for time he spends in the big leagues.